7 Warning Signs Your Monitor Is Dying

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7 Warning Signs Your Monitor Is Dying

7 Warning Signs of a Dying Monitor

Monitor is the main output device present on a computer. It displays information received from a
CPU in the pictorial form

Like other computer components they do not last forever. They too have to face failure unexpectedly. But death at an inappropriate time may not be pleasant. When this happens it will cause great hindrances to our day to day operations we do with the computer. But the good news is that there is not going to be any damages to other computer components or data losses when the monitor faces death. 

Before completely dying the monitor will be showing many warning signs and symptoms to take immediate precautions. Most often users confuse these signs to that of a CPU and fail to give enough attention. It necessary to take immediate actions if you observe your monitor is dying with any of these signs. Because unlike other computer components once your monitor is completely dead it will be hard to fix.

In this article, I will be listing out the 7 Warning Signs Your Monitor Is Dying. The signs given here can be applied to any CRT, LCD or LED monitors.

Let's move to the topic,

1. Long Time to Wake up

Wake up time is the time taken for your monitor to produce the image after you have turned on your computer. Generally when you press the power button apart from some old CRT monitors all the modern LCD and LED monitors take around 5-10 seconds to appear on screen. 

If the internal components inside the monitor faces any problems the backlights will take longer time than normal to show up on screen. This is one of the indication that your monitor is dying.

2. Screen Dimming

Screen dimming is the overall reduction of brightness on your monitor. While is normal for a monitor to appear dim in a place full of light it is not normal to experience this in a dark room. This can happen mostly due to the backlight failure. Backlights present on your monitor are responsible for displaying the relevant images. When you monitor dies slowly the backlights may also stop functioning. 

Apart from that insufficient power given to the monitor may also cause this issue. Sometimes the brightness or contrast settings on your monitor may have altered unknowingly. Therefore make sure to check them before coming into the conclusion that your monitor is dead.

3. Flickering Display

Flickering is a sign of your monitor constantly flashes or blinks in an unsteady state. After an upgrade from the old CRT type monitors to the modern LCD and LED type, the most common issue experienced by them is flickering. 

While many point to a dying monitor as a sign of flickering, there can be other reasons too. Some of them are the change of resolution, refresh rate, corrupt drivers and the faulty graphics card. Out of these change of refresh rate is very common. Refresh rate is the number of times the image on the monitor is refreshed per second. This value can be incorrectly set unknowingly. Therefore make sure to check the Hertz value in the display settings.

4. Dead Pixels

The screen panel of every monitor is made up of pixels which is a tiny point in an image. The number of pixels used varies from the screen size of the monitor. Due to the manufacturing defect or long time usage, overtime the pixels may stop working making the screen panel to fail. When this happens the pixels on the monitor can be seen as a spot with white or any other color. However the dead pixels will be not matching the other screen colors.

5. Burn-in Images

Monitor burn-in images are the ghost like images shown on your monitor screen. For an example the windows logo burn-in image can be seen on the monitor even though the computer is turned off. Monitor burn-in issues are becoming more prominent in in CRT monitors than the LCD/LED type. 

However this has no effect on other images on the screen. Displaying of the same graphics images for a longer period of time has been identified the reason behind the burn-in images.

6. Vertical Lines

Whatever the monitor type you use whether it can be a CRT or LCD/LED type, it can experience the issue of showing vertical lines. In usual these lines appear as single colored

Even though a video card damage or outdated drivers cause these lines, most probably the issue is as a result of the screen panel damage. Along with these there can be burn smells coming from the monitor indicating there is an internal component failure.

7. Random Shutdown

Another sign of a failing monitor is in between a computer operation your monitor will suddenly shutdown while your CPU may continue working. Monitor shutoffs mainly happen due to overheating and insufficient power supply. Perhaps old CRT monitors are vulnerable to heat than the modern flat panel displays. 

In the event of overheating the monitor may automatically shutdown to prevent damages to the internal components. Apart from that malfunctions in the circuit of the motherboard may also lead to random shutdowns. This indicates that your monitor is already in its last stages of its life.

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